Before You Arrive

What you need to know before you arrive on campus, including free preparation courses.

We're looking forward to seeing you at the start of the academic year. Please don't forget to read our regular email updates before you arrive. 

Travelling to Abertay in September

If you're travelling to Dundee from overseas or from within the UK, please check the full details on our Coronavirus Travel page beforehand.

If you need more coronavirus information and updates, please visit our COVID-19 pages.

Online checklist – activate your IT account, register online and key dates

Activate your IT account

Once you've firmly accepted your offer to study at Abertay, our IT Service Desk will email you instructions so that you can activate your IT account. Look out for the email called 'Abertay University IT Account and Instructions'. You won’t be able to apply for accommodation or complete online registration until you've activated your IT account.

If you've accidentally deleted the email or have trouble activating or logging on, please email the IT Service Desk.

Assuming you join Abertay University in September, your IT account is your gateway to an Abertay email address, access to timetabling and the University’s platforms and learning tools.

If you don’t meet the conditions of your offer, or decide not to join Abertay for whatever reason, your IT account is disabled.

Online registration

Abertay’s Registry team will email you with instructions by end August. Online registration provides the University with the information we need to register you and to confirm agreement to the terms and conditions of study. It also includes choosing any MySuccess modules or option modules, as that’s how we put your personal timetable together.

Key activities 

Arrivals: You will be contacted directly by our Residences team of where and when to pick up keys if you’re staying in halls of residence.

Freshers' Week  

For September entry students.

We'll publish the Freshers' Week programme at the beginning of September on the Intranet. This will include degree course activities, induction sessions and social events.

You need to activate your Abertay IT account to login. 

Begin your first module: ABE101 Being Successful at Abertay

As a first-year student at Abertay, you'll be expected to begin your first module once you've completed online registration (enrolment). This applies to all programmes expect BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing.

Once you're enrolled, you'll receive details on how to access ABE101: Being Successful at Abertay. This module aims to introduce the expectations of university, successful student behaviours, growth mindset, your strengths, and areas for development.

The module must be completed by Tuesday 28 September (the assessment deadline). Once submitted, you'll have completed your first module at Abertay University.

What to bring and what not to bring

Handy to have with you

The University won't ask to see these but they will be useful to have if you're moving to the city. 

  • Bank account details

  • National insurance number

  • Passport, driving licence

Study essentials

The University provides the latest version of Microsoft Office free of charge. There are plenty shops in Dundee where you can pick up supplies, but the following will help get you started:

  • A laptop

  • USB sticks

  • Notebooks/writing pads

  • Pens

  • Folders

Preparation courses - for college leavers

We run a preparation programme to get you off to the best possible start at Abertay. You're automatically invited and we'll send you links in September. To find out more, see the Abertay College Transition programme (ACT) for those joining us from college.

Accommodation – options, booking and collecting keys

Abertay halls

Once you have a firm offer from Abertay you can apply for accommodation with us in our halls. If you're starting in September, you'll be guaranteed a room if you book by 1 August.

For full details of room options, pricing and how they are equipped, see Accommodation.

If you have a room in our halls, the Residences team will contact you directly about about arrival and key collection.

Other student halls

If Abertay halls are full and you're unable to get a place, there are other student halls of residences close by.




Contact details


Mears - Old Mill

From £90 per week

01382 322650


Cairnlettings - Kingsway Apartments

From £80 per week

via webpage

01382 671017


Collegiate – Marketgait Apartments

Studios from £169 per week

01382 231155


Disclaimer: Rents are indicative only and subject to change. The University can't make any recommendations. Any contract is between you and the accommodation provider. We bear no responsibility for any agreements between you and the accommodation provider.

Bedroom essentials for halls

We don't supply bedding, so bring your duvet, pillows and sheet with you. Also bring a mattress protector unless you’re staying at Parker House, which supplies one. If you don’t want to carry bulky bedding on your journey, you can go shopping in Dundee or buy a set from our online store and it will be in your room when you arrive.

Other essentials for halls:

  • Plates and cutlery

  • Towels

  • Cooking utensils e.g. spatulas, wooden spoons

  • Cleaning materials

  • Toilet roll

  • Clothes hangers

What not to bring to halls:

Please don’t bring items such as pets, fridges, freezers, tumble dryers, microwaves, toasters, kettles and heaters. They’re not permitted unless there is a specific reason such as medication that must be kept in a fridge. This list is not complete, for full details please contact the Residences team.

Overseas - pre-arrival guide

Coming from overseas? Check out our pre-arrival guide.

International students – getting here and special events

Getting here

Travelling to Abertay - Airports

There are three major international airports you can arrive into: Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen. Edinburgh is the closest, but all of them are less than a two-hour drive from Dundee. Dundee does have an airport but it operates a very limited number of domestic flights, and only to and from London City Airport. If you are flying into London, it is possible to take a train to Dundee, but please note that the train from London will take five-and-a-half to six hours.

Getting from the Airport to Abertay

Taxis and private hire cars available. The fare should be approximately £75 from Edinburgh Airport to Dundee, but please check with your driver, or with the private hire company directly.

You can also take trains from the airports to Dundee. Check times, schedules, prices and book advance tickets here.

Check National Express to see if coaches are running between Edinburgh Airport and Dundee. If so, the journey takes 80 minutes and costs from £12. The coach drop off point in Dundee is a five minutes' walk to Abertay University. Book online in advance to be sure of a place.

Welcome event

We plan to hold a welcome event for international students You'll see details in the Freshers' Week Guide under 'MySchedule' 

Freshers' Week 

The Freshers' Week guide will be on our intranet in early September. It shows the full programme of all academic, induction and social activities and how to access them. To view the Intranet, you'll need to log in using your Abertay IT account and password.